The goal of racing, or any sport for that matter, is to win. But, what happens when an individual wins too much or in a manner that is unpleasant to fans and general viewers?
It can ruin a season. It can ruin a second season in a row.
Whatever the case may be, when drivers, players, etc. are successful to the point where they reach the pinnacle of their given profession, they inadvertently open themselves up to a wave of skepticism and pessimistic fan bases.
They may even turn their own fan bases against them. In one case, a driver turned the NASCAR organization proper against him.
All of the drivers listed here are champions; not all of them are given, or were given, the proper respect that they truly deserve/deserved during their successful seasons.
I write this as not a fan or hater, but merely from what I have seen, read, and heard.
As a caveat, I do not have the historical perspective to write knowledgeably about NASCAR from its inception into the early '70s. I am just not old enough and humbly admit it.
For older fans, I apologize in advance if you can recall a more despised champ beyond those mentioned on this list.